A Complete Blood Count (CBC) is a comprehensive blood test that offers valuable insights about potential hidden illnesses including:
Whether you’re experiencing fatigue, fever, or just want to proactively check your health, a CBC provides a powerful first step toward understanding and addressing any underlying imbalances.
A complete blood count (CBC) analyzes the cellular and non-cellular components of your blood. It provides key information about:
Number and types of red blood cells (RBCs): RBCs carry oxygen throughout your body. The CBC measures the total RBC count, the amount of hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein) in each cell, and the average size of RBCs. This information helps detect anemia (low RBC count), polycythemia (high RBC count), iron deficiency, and other red blood cell disorders.
Number and types of white blood cells (WBCs): WBCs are part of your immune system and fight infection. The CBC counts total WBCs and provides a differential count of the five main types of WBCs. This information helps diagnose infections, immune system disorders, and certain cancers.
Number and function of platelets: Platelets are essential for blood clotting. The CBC measures the platelet count and, in some cases, platelet function. This information helps assess bleeding risk and diagnose clotting disorders.
Additional blood values: The CBC also measures levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit (percentage of blood volume occupied by RBCs), and mean corpuscular volume (average size of RBCs). These values further refine the picture of your overall blood health.
A CBC analyzes the cellular and non-cellular components of your blood, focusing on red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), platelets, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and mean corpuscular volume (MCV). These measurements can reveal a range of potential health issues like anemia, infection, inflammation, and even some cancers.
We might recommend a CBC for various reasons, including:
Interpreting CBC results can be complex and requires medical expertise. While normal ranges are provided for each value, it’s crucial to discuss your specific results with your doctor. They can explain what the numbers mean in your context, considering your medical history, symptoms, and other factors.
While a complete blood count allows for eating and drinking, additional tests might require an empty stomach. Always follow your doctor’s advice on whether or not to fast before your blood draw.
Depending on the type of in-house labs you require, you might receive the results soon after your test, later the same day, or within several days. Dr. Acloque immediately discusses the results with you and lets you know if you need medications, home remedies, or other treatments to recover from an illness or infection or better manage a chronic disease.
To determine if you’re a candidate for in-house labs at Florida Concierge Medicine & Wellness, call the office or use the online booking feature today.
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